US sends 5 Guantanamo Bay prisoners to Kazakhstan for resettlement

An April 8, 2014 photo shows the Camp 6 detention facility at the US Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Three Yemenis and two Tunisians held for more than a decade at the military prison have been flown to Kazakhstan for resettlement. -- PHOTO: A
An April 8, 2014 photo shows the Camp 6 detention facility at the US Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Three Yemenis and two Tunisians held for more than a decade at the military prison have been flown to Kazakhstan for resettlement. -- PHOTO: AFP 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three Yemenis and two Tunisians held for more than a decade at the United States military prison at Guantanamo have been flown to Kazakhstan for resettlement, the Pentagon said on Tuesday, the latest in a flurry of prisoner transfers aimed at closing the facility.

The transfer of the five men followed a recent pledge by President Barack Obama for a stepped-up push to shut the internationally condemned detention center where most prisoners have been held without being charged or tried.

The United States moved a total of 28 prisoners out of Guantanamo this year - the largest number since 2009 - and a senior US official said further transfers are expected in coming weeks. The inmate population there has now been whittled down to 127.